Edmonds-Woodway gearing up for state title run | Girls cross country

Warriors bring back talented, deep team
By David Pan | Sep 28, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Stephanie Wroblewski, Yukino Parle and Olivia Meader-Yetter lead an Edmonds-Woodway team that hopes to contend for a 3A state girls cross country title. The Warriors have finished second the last two years.

After back-to-back second place finishes at the 3A state girls cross country championships, Edmonds-Woodway comes into the season with one question on its mind.

Is this the year the Warriors finally win that elusive state title?

Edmonds-Woodway coach Al Bonney is optimistic.

“I think the pieces are there that we should finally have the depth to be able to do it,” said Bonney, who previously coached the University of Washington women’s cross country from 1976-82 and the women’s track team from 1976-84. “I feel pretty good about it.”

One of those key pieces is senior Yukino Parle, who won the 3,200-meter race at the 2016 3A state track championships. Parle finished second in the 3,200 and eighth in the 1,600 at the 2017 state meet. At last year’s state cross country meet, Parle placed seventh.

“My training this summer has gone a lot better than it has in the past,” Parle said. “I’m hoping that will lead to some fast times.”

Parle said that in the past she sometimes has lost motivation or had a vacation disrupt her training during the summer.

“I didn’t have anything like that,” she said. “I’ve been able to stay pretty consistent. I wasn’t missing a long period of time.”

Parle was in top form at the 39th annual Carl Westling South Whidbey Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 16, at South Whidbey High School. Running under warm temperatures, Parle won the race, finishing 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 2.03 seconds, ahead of teammate Stephanie Wroblewski, who clocked in at 19:07.92. Edmonds-Woodway’s Olivia Meader-Yetter was fifth in 19:55.62.

“Yuki is probably as strong as she’s ever been,” Bonney said. “I’m very, very excited to see what she’s going to do.”

The same could be said for Wroblewski, who Bonney said is also running as fast as she ever has. Wrobleski placed 15th at the 2016 state cross country meet, while Meader-Yetter was right on Parle’s heels in eighth.

“I think those three are really ready to do some rockin’,” Bonney said.

The Warriors also return senior Kaitlynn Rust, who was injured and did not run at state.

“We’ve got the four girls who can do it,” Bonney said. “The question is whether they will. But that’s been our story for the last three years.”

Parle said one of the keys to winning a state championship is staying healthy.

“We have tended to have a lot of injuries,” she said. “As long as we’re all healthy, we’ll be in the mix”

But like her coach, Parle is optimistic.

“I’m hoping to finish pretty well in state and I’m hoping to win the team championship,” Parle said.

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